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Man Who Jumped Into Bronx Zoo’s Tiger Den Pleads Guilty To Trespassing

David Villalobos Said He Wanted To Be 'One With The Tiger'
David Villalobos on Jan. 11, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

David Villalobos on Jan. 11, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)


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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The man who claimed he wanted to be “one with the tiger” entered a guilty plea Tuesday to trespassing charges.

David Villalobos was mauled by a tiger after climbing into its pen in September of 2012.

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Villalobos jumped from a monorail and climbed a 16-foot fence to get into their pen, police said.

According to the complaint, Villalobos told an officer, “I was testing my natural fear.”

A 400-pound Siberian tiger dealt him multiple injuries, including a punctured lung, broken arm and ankle.

He was rescued by zoo officials, who used a fire extinguisher to chase the animal away.

Villalobos was sentenced to a conditional discharge and is required to complete a year of mental health treatment.

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